Roy Branson, one of our volunteer fieldworkers, sent us the following report about one of his local memorials
Local controversy continues over Derby City Council’s management of the war memorial in the Market Place despite proposals to afford it greater protection.
In recent years the paved Market Place has become a venue for skateboarding activity and young people often sit on the memorial’s steps. These activities have resulted in some damage by chipping of the stonework and some littering. Letters from the public have been published in the Derby Evening Telegraph, and the newspaper has itself run a campaign to improve respect for the monument and the service personnel that it represents.
The City Council have now proposed adding metal studs to the steps but readers have pointed out that the memorial was previously surrounded by railings and the problems did not occur until the council removed them.
The debate looks set to continue.